Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers perform routine tasks in crop cultivation and animal production.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

Tasks

  • patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of crops and livestock
  • operating farm machines to cultivate, plant, fertilise, spray and harvest field crops
  • maintaining and repairing buildings, machines, fences, plant and water systems
  • loading and unloading seed grain, fertilisers and livestock feed, and loading field crops into transporters for marketing
  • irrigating land for crop growth
  • providing livestock with feed and water
  • assisting with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock
  • mustering and droving livestock to milking and shearing sheds and between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed is available

Job Titles

  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Worker, or General Farm Hand

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      Unavailable
    • Future Growth

      decline
    • Skill Level

      High School or Certificate I
    • Employment Size

      2700
    • Unemployment

      above average
    • Male Share

      74.3%
    • Female Share

      25.7%
    • Full-Time Share

      65.1%

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    This is a very small occupation employing 2700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
    A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales have a large share of Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers.
    • They nearly all work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 44.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 48 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Around 7 in 10 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20054100
    20065100
    20074100
    20083400
    20094400
    20104500
    20113500
    20123800
    20132900
    20144800
    20152700
    20202300

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryMixed Crop and Livestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time65.168.4
    Part-time34.931.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)44.940

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing100

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMixed Crop and Livestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW41.531.8
    VIC1725.5
    QLD019.8
    SA10.66.8
    WA29.511.2
    TAS1.52
    NT01.1
    ACT01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMixed Crop and Livestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1910.8-5.45.4
    20-243.2-9.99.9
    25-3429.6-23.423.4
    35-445.2-21.721.7
    45-5414.4-21.121.1
    55-5911.5-8.78.7
    60-6417.1-5.95.9
    65 and Over8.2-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryMixed Crop and Livestock Farm WorkersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males74.3Males53.6
    Females25.7Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

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    A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers can connect with others and are willing to learn and take direction.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Administration and Management

      60% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      57% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Biology

      55% Important

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    4. Production and Processing

      54% Important

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    5. English Language

      53% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Handling and Moving Objects

      87% Important

      Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

    2. Performing General Physical Activities

      81% Important

      Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

    3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

      80% Important

      Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

    4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      79% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

      79% Important

      Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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